Located in Northeast Miami County, Louisburg is just a 40-minute drive from downtown Kansas City and has endless combinations of things to taste, see and do in this active community.
Louisburg offers seasonal and year-round options for foodies.
Often deemed a fall destination, Louisburg Cider Mill & Country Store is rated among the top cider mills in the nation with activities throughout the year. Always open for tours, visitors can savor hot cider donuts made fresh daily, watch apples being pressed into pure cider or sample a famous Lost Trail Root Beer or craft soda that was brewed onsite. For a fall family getaway, attend the Ciderfest, where kids of all ages start with a pancake breakfast, a cup of hot/cold cider and a fresh-dipped caramel apple. Then wander through the pumpkin patch, the 10-acre corn maze, or shop the vendor booths. Once families have snacked on treats, strolled through the vendors and swayed to the live music, hay wagons and pony rides can be enjoyed.
Seasonal farms like Powell Pumpkin Patch are the perfect place to handpick a pumpkin or gorgeous gourd to complete fall décor. This 35-acre patch has specialty pumpkins, cornstalks, a corn maze, hayrides, a concession stand, a nature trail and more. Admission is free.
Whether it’s a new tradition or a long-standing one, picking a perfect pine for family yuletide celebrations at the family-operated D&G Christmas Tree Farm is a must. Selections include pre-cut trees or cut–your-own with bow saws provided. The helpful staff will shake, wrap, and secure the tree for a safe ride home. Enjoy a hayride, then warm up with some hot chocolate by the wood burning stove and select hand-made ornaments from the gift shop.
Prepare to be awestruck by big cats and bright constellations.
Louisburg Cider Mill
Louisburg City Lake
Just east is Cedar Cove Feline Conservatory and Education Center, a nonprofit devoted to the care of endangered predator species. Visitors can tour the 11-acre facility and view tigers, African lions, assorted smaller felines including leopards, cougars and a handful of wolves, all while being educated about the animals’ habitat and dangers they face. For a real sight, catch the tiger feedings on Saturday and Sunday afternoons.
For stargazing, stop by Powell Observatory, managed by Astronomical Society of Kansas City, and stare into the Andromeda Galaxy through the Ruisinger telescope, one of the largest available for public-viewing in a five-state area. Although in-person public programs and private events were temporarily suspended in 2020, Powell Observatory streams live public night presentations from the ASKC Facebook page.
While Louisburg may be famous for its cider, that’s not the only festival in town. Hosted by Louisburg Lions Club, the Cruise the ‘Burg car show invites vintage car lovers of all ages to admire classic cars, trucks, and motorcycles. Enjoy a chicken plop contest and silent auction. (First Sunday in May.)
Marching down historic Broadway Street is the annual Labor Day Parade with fun-loving activities including inflatables for the kids, volleyball, bingo, music, food and more. Events held at American Legion park area.
Voted a runner’s favorite, the Louisburg Cider Run 5K, 10K and Kid’s Fun Run course begins on Broadway Street and ends with a souvenir cup of hard cider for all participants ages 21+. Expect local vendors. It is part of the Fall Fermentation Series. (First Saturday in October)
Parks offer ideal amenities outdoors for unscripted fun.
Rutlader Outpost, a full-service RV Park, referred as the “Ole West Border Town” is complete with, indoor/outdoor storage, convenience store, fishing pond, and more, with access to Middle Creek State Fishing Lake.
Expanding more than 200-acres, Lewis-Young Park has outdoor fields for soccer, baseball, and more. Singles and smaller groups will appreciate walking trails, disc golf and a fishing lake. Hot air ballooners welcome.
Local favorite, Louisburg City Park hosts a covered shelter and playing courts for pickleball, tennis and basketball.
Planning an event? Host it at one of two venue options.
The English Barn, located just north of Louisburg, was constructed by Amish craftsmen using beautiful Douglas fir timbers and intricate woodworking throughout the more than 5,600 square-foot facility. The family-owned site has an old English Tudor castle-like feel designed for a fairytale wedding. The stone turret bridal suite features a custom-designed heart door and will have every bride feeling like a princess, straight out of a storybook.
The Wildcat Activities Center has a large gym area and can be rented for parties, practices and more.
No daytrip is complete without shopping. Louisburg, home to specialty stores loaded with antiques, accessories, clothing and other curios, does not disappoint.
Inside Simply Se-Lah, a downtown boutique, you’ll find an array of new and vintage pieces alongside craft work from local artisans. With more than 26,000 square feet of antique furniture and architectural salvage to browse through at Louisburg Market Street, a rare find is bound to catch your eye. The hunt is half the fun at Captain Cook’s Treasure Chest where you can explore up to 50 vendor booths offering antique and vintage items, assorted local art and handcrafted goods.
No matter your cravings, good eats are always in season.
Local Brew will satisfy caffeine addicts with a hot/cold coffee, and specialty beverages.
Miss B’s Café serves up comfort foods like fried chicken and cinnamon rolls that you would swear were homemade.
Lucille’s Diner is a throwback style diner with 1950s style burgers and shakes.
If your party has a few picky eaters Timbercreek Bar & Grill has a wide variety of options from grilled fare to Sunday brunch.
La Mesa Mexican Restaurant offers fresh Tex-Mex food.
Rice House Chinese Restaurant is local favorite for tasty, traditional Chinese food.
Big L’s Barbecue & Brews is a meat lover paradise that serves up steaks, pulled pork, roast beef, brisket, burnt ends and more.